NLI- Neev Lake Initiative

What do the lakes of Bangalore mean to us? What has hap- pened to these once beautiful water bodies? What can we do to make a difference? These were the questions that rose in our minds when we started this project. The Neev Lake Initiative or NLI is a student driven project started by the students of the foundation batch and grade 7 to make a difference to the lakes of Bangalore, particularly the Bellandur lake. This lake sports a mad display of white froth on the water surface which is ex- tremely toxic in nature and is gradually killing marine life and affecting the environment in vicious ways.

We started off by looking into the situation and understanding it in depth. We did intensive research, visited the lake and in- terviewed some of the villagers living around the area. We wondered why nobody did anything about the problem, but soon realized that it was OUR responsibility to make a differ- ence. We formed different groups based on our areas of inter- est and started brainstorming on what we could do as students.

After careful consideration, we came up with a three staged plan to improve the lake’s condition: creating awareness, cleaning the lake and improving the lives of the residents around the lake. Initially I thought that we were simply count- ing chickens before the eggs hatched but I now see our plan taking shape in the form of an information book that we are creating to raise awareness amongst people.

Through our passionate participation in this project, we want the next generation to become caring and proactive individuals striving to make a difference in this world. I would like to leave you all with this thought: “we can choose to be affected by the world, or we can choose to affect the world”.

Maithreya Niranjan Karthik, Kriti Sarawgi, Grade 7

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